Graduate Admissions

Admissions Process

Admissions Policies

Specific Program Requirements and Deadlines 

Additional International Student Information

Graduate Assistantships

Admission Process

In addition to completing an application, students must supply the following items for admission:

  1. Official transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges or universities: We require official electronic or mail transcripts. An official transcript is one that has been received directly from the issuing institution. It must bear the college seal, date, and signature of the registrar. Transcripts received that do not meet these requirements are not considered official. If you have not completed your Bachelor's degree, do not send transcripts until you are in your final semester and your grades have posted from the previous semester.
  2. $50 application fee - Students may pay online, mail a check or money order, or pay by credit card over the phone (906-227-1221). Applicants should pay the non-refundable application processing fee unless they:
    1. Have financial circumstances that make payment an undue hardship. To apply for a financial hardship fee waiver, please submit a brief request letter/email to

    2. We are a McNair Scholar at their undergraduate institution. McNair Scholars must have a letter or e-mail sent from their undergraduate institution verifying their McNair status

    3. Have already attended NMU at the same degree level for which they are applying and have not graduated with that degree

    4. Are a qualifying senior citizen with the NMU Senior Citizen Scholarship (age 62 or older and located in the Marquette area and taking on-campus classes)

    5. Are applying as a non-degree student*

*Non-degree seeking students are not required to supply transcripts or additional documentation, or pay the application fee. However, please be aware the non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid or graduate assistantships.

Please also provide the following items, if required by your degree program. For specific program requirements in addition to general admissions, click here.

  1. Test scores - All test scores must come directly from the testing company via their normal delivery method.
  2. Transcripts - We accept both electronic and paper copies. 
  3. Recommendation Letters - Please use the recommendation section provided in the application checklist
  4. Additional documents - If your program requires additional supporting documents (resume, recommendation letters, essays, etc.) for admission, please use the document attachment function at in the application checklist

Documents may also be mailed, emailed, or delivered in person:

Office of Graduate Education and Research
401 Cohodas Hall
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI  49855

(906) 227-2300
Fax: (906) 227-2315

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis unless restricted by departmental guidelines.


Recommended submission deadlines are listed below. International students should apply one year prior to their expected enrollment date to ensure sufficient time for application processing. A full list of international student requirements is available in the Graduate Bulletin.

  • Fall semester - July 1
  • Winter semester - November 15
  • Summer session - March 15

Applications submitted after the recommended dates above will still be accepted.  Eligible applications submitted after departmental deadlines will be reviewed by the departments only if the program is still accepting candidates.

Admission Policies

Students seeking admission to a graduate level program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution or an equivalent foreign institution and satisfy the admission requirements listed below. The admission policies presented here are the minimum requirements. Specific graduate programs may have requirements that exceed these minimum levels, which you can view here. These additional requirements may include tests, valid teaching certificates, letters of recommendation, personal interviews, specific course preparation or a grade-point average above the minimum established by the Office of Graduate Education. 

Admission to graduate level coursework does not equate admission to candidacy for a graduate degree in a specific program.  The requirements and procedures for admission to candidacy are described following this section.

Applications for admission to graduate programs are reviewed by the department responsible for the program to which the applicant seeks admission.

Admission to graduate studies is granted in one of the following categories based on the qualifications and educational objectives of the applicant. Eligibility for enrollment is based solely on the applicant’s academic qualifications without regard to gender, race, marital status, color, age, religion, handicap or national origin.

  1. Regular Degree Admission is granted to the student who wishes to pursue a master’s degree and who has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 (A=4.0). For regular admission, a student must meet all of the admission requirements of the Office of Graduate Education, as well as any additional requirements for the program of their choice.

  2. Conditional Admission may be authorized, based upon a recommendation from the department or by the Director of Graduate Education and Research, for students who do not meet the requirements of regular admission. Conditional admission can be granted to students in their final semester or session of enrollment in an undergraduate program if the academic record is satisfactory, based on the final transcript sent by the student. The conditions for regular admission are recorded on the letter of admission that is sent to the applicant. Students who fail to meet the conditions of their admission by the completion of 12 semester hours of graduate credit are denied further registration. The determining factors for the conditions of admission are the responsibility of the assigned adviser with the endorsement of the appropriate department head and the Director of Graduate Education and Research. Students will not be granted regular admission status until all the requirements and conditions for regular admission have been met.

  3. Non-Degree Admission is granted to students who do not wish to obtain a graduate degree, but have an interest in work beyond the baccalaureate degree, or who graduated from a non-accredited undergraduate program. Included in this category are those students selecting special workshops or those who wish to pursue additional study for educational benefits. Students who are non-degree can later elect to change to a degree seeking program by submitting an application to that program. 

  4. Certification or Endorsements Admission is granted to education students seeking professional teacher certification, professional development, or endorsements but not wishing to pursue a master’s degree.  Admission for certification or endorsement in no way assures subsequent admission to a degree program. A student who wishes to later apply for regular admission to a degree program must fill out an application for that program. All admission requirements of the school and the Office of Graduate Education must also be met.

  5. Guest Student. A student enrolled in another accredited graduate school in Michigan may register for a limited number of graduate credits at Northern Michigan University under the Guest Student status. The Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Studies (MIGS) Program is a cooperative program established by a group of Michigan Universities to provide an opportunity for "guest" graduate students to participate in unique educational opportunities throughout the state without changing their status of enrollment at their present university. For more information on this program see the Michigan Intercollegiate Graduate Studies (MIGS) application.

A graduate student's record remains open for three years from the date of last enrollment unless the student graduates, withdraws, or is dismissed. Graduate students who no longer have active student status must reactivate their files by completing another admission application before enrolling in graduate courses.

Applications from undergraduate students who have yet to complete course work for their bachelor's degree will only be processed if the student is in his/her final semester of undergraduate course work. Transcripts from the university that he/she currently attends should not be sent until that time. Admission to graduate programs for these students will be on a conditional basis, and the student will be required to furnish a final transcript for their undergraduate work once their final grades and bachelor's degree is conferred and listed on that transcript. The final transcript will be reviewed by the NMU academic department in which the student has conditionally been admitted, and if acceptable, the student's admission status will be changed to regular status.